5 Breakthrough Technologies Heading into 2016

Every day there are technological breakthroughs that occur behind the closed doors of research labs (and house garages where some startups begin), and then there are the breakthroughs that “go mainstream” with consumers. 2015 saw so many that it is difficult to condense the list to five. The following impressive technologies made the cut because they improve convenience, productivity, and efficiency (in addition to having that barely definable “wow” factor).

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Sven Lehmkuhl and Harry van Rossum Join the Hippo Sales Team to Take on DACH and Benelux

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From The Old Boys to the Cool Kids

CMS software vendor Hippo is one of the fastest growing, most innovative tech companies around these days. 2015 has been a stellar year for the company, with successes such as the entry into the Gartner MQ, the exclusive technology partnership with EMC resulting in 94% revenue growth in the US, the launch of Hippo CMS 10 and an immense growth of our community. In 2015 the Hippo CMS downloads tripled, the global partner network doubled and the company added many new names to their client base, such as FC Bayern München, AAA Life, Wolters Kluwer, Edeka, ATAG, Unit4, Deutsche Telekom and Crédit Agricole.

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SDL Names the 2016 SDL Web MVPs from Across the Globe

Organization recognizes 17 digital advocates dedicated to enhancing web development and sharing their expertise

Wakefield, MA – February 24, 2016 – SDL (LSE: SDL) today announced its 2016 SDL Web Most Valued Professionals (MVPs), recognizing 17 partners, customers and industry professionals. The acknowledgment identifies those who are committed to and passionate about participating in the community to share their expertise about SDL Web – SDL’s market leading web experience management solution, powered by SDL Tridion. In its sixth year, the SDL Web MVP Program remains a key initiative for the organization, fostering solution development from the broader Web community and driving innovation and best practices for the SDL Web solution.

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Bryan Ruby Says Goodbye To CMS Report

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Over the years, I've told people that CMS Report is a side business. While I would never become rich from this blog, I've been lucky enough to have been able to put a little extra cash in my wallet from this website's ad revenue. In truth, what has actually sustained CMS Report is not money but my passion for information systems. I absolutely love this magical process where people, hardware, software, and infrastructure come together to improve the business or organization. A decade ago, I could find no better example of information systems in the real world than the content management system. I decided to write about CMSs and created a blog and website to host those articles. After spending ten years as this site's founder, editor, and primary writer I've decided it is time for me to move on to some new challenges.

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Data Centers Can Be a Sound Investment Strategy in 2016

Big Data

If one thing is clear, big data has a bright future ahead of it. More businesses and organizations than ever before have bought into the idea of collecting vast amounts of data, analyzing it, storing it, and eventually using it to improve operations, make accurate forecasts, and even create new products and services. With such tremendous potential, many investors have seen big data as a clear target for growth. Pinpointing just how to invest in it, however, has been a challenge. One could notice a promising startup and ride it out as the business grew or failed, depending on what they offered. A more likely scenario that investors are paying more attention to is that of data centers. In many ways, data centers are the hub from which all big data analytics is done, and as big data continues to grow, so will the data centers that feed it.

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Latest Exploitation of SS7 Network – Next Generation of Mobile Tracking Attacks

AdaptiveMobile finds evidence of sophisticated location tracking platforms exploiting the SS7 network

DALLAS, 18 February 2016 – AdaptiveMobile, the world leader in mobile network security, announced today it has evidence of sophisticated location tracking platforms exploiting the SS7 network. In new research to be released at Mobile World Congress, 2016, AdaptiveMobile will share detailed evidence of next-generation location tracking platforms exploiting the SS7 network, using global tracking platforms to determine the near-exact location of specific subscribers.

“Attackers are now using increasingly sophisticated approaches in their attempts to track subscribers through the SS7 network,” said Brian Collins, chief executive officer of AdaptiveMobile. “The level of complexity detected through global tracking platforms should be of concern to operator networks who do not have sufficiently sophisticated controls in place to protect their subscribers.”

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123ContactForm Unveils Usage Data About Its WordPress CaptainForm Plugin

Today, 123ContactForm, the popular web form and survey builder unveils the latest news about CaptainForm, the plugin officially released by the company last year in November. 123ContactForm is focusing on turning CaptainForm into one of the most popular and trustworthy WordPress form builders on the market by constantly staying in touch with its customers’ needs and by continuing to deliver long-term value.

The company took a look at the plugin’s usage statistics and discovered important aspects in terms of form features, integrations and types of businesses that use the plugin.

The team concluded that 18.18% customers use PDF submissions and 12.12% custom autoresponders. In terms of integrations, 14.29% chose ActiveCampaign and an even 25% use Salesforce. Furthermore, 25% integrate their forms with Stripe to receive payments. (These are percentages extracted out of the total number of users who have access to the specific features, based on their service plan.)

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Information Builders Now Offers WebFOCUS BI and Analytics Platform in Three Editions to Meet Every Business Need

Information Builders

Highly Flexible Platform and Licensing Model Delivers Self-Service Analytics for Everyone

New York, NY– February 16, 2016 – Information Builders, a leader in business intelligence (BI) and analytics, information integrity, and data integration solutions, today announced that its industry-leading self-service BI and analytics platform, WebFOCUS, is now available in three editions to deliver reporting and analytics capabilities to a wide range of users and environments.

Three editions of the product offer governed self-service tools and apps to empower an organization’s entire universe of stakeholders – including management, operational staff, partners, customers, and citizens – with better analytics for better decision-making.

Business User Edition

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Kazoup launches free data analytics tools to combat large volumes of complex data

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Solution enables users to search and analyze unstructured file data with effortless file sync and data archiving to public cloud object storage

A new software service to make large volumes of complex unstructured file data more visible and accessible to users, IT managers and CIOs has been launched by Kazoup.

Kazoup integrates policy-based file sync and data archiving to major public cloud-based object storage providers including AWS, Azure, Google and CenturyLink. It delivers clear data governance, enabling users to distinguish the data that adds value to the business, and that which does not. Combined with intelligent migration to the cloud, it is the fastest and most affordable method to simply integrate with public cloud and extract value from unstructured data.

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Creating The Right Headspace: Why Headless CMS's Are Wrong

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The idea of a “headless CMS” is gaining momentum lately.  If you’ve not heard of it, the concept is that of a decoupled CMS in the sense that content storage and management is handled entirely separately from the presentation.

The idea, which is truly a re-hash of a debate that also occurred a decade ago – is that today’s optimal content management system isn’t one that also handles the display of the look and feel of the content it manages. It simply manages the raw, structured content in a unified repository. It then makes the content available as a “service” through an API and it is up to the developer to create and develop the presentation layer; be it in a web site, web app, mobile app etc…  And, now, there are some that are passionately arguing for this model to be the new standard.

This is wrong.

Now, it may be that some of the people weren’t around when we debated the agility, flexibility and ultimate scalability of this model ten years ago. But, the argument remain the same.

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